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I Believe in Miracles (2015)

The story of the history-making Nottingham Forest team that won back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980, led by the mercurial Brian Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Clough ... Himself (archive footage) (as Brian Howard Clough)
Peter Taylor ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmy Gordon Jimmy Gordon ... Himself (archive footage)
John McGovern ... Himself - Midfield & Captain 1975-1982
Peter Shilton ... Himself
Viv Anderson ... Himself - Right Back 1974-1984
Colin Barrett Colin Barrett ... Himself - Left Back 1976-1980
Larry Lloyd ... Himself - Centre Half 1976-1981
Frank Clark Frank Clark ... Himself - Left Back 1975-1979
Trevor Francis ... Himself
John O'Hare John O'Hare ... Himself - Centre Forward 1975-1981
Archie Gemmill Archie Gemmill ... Himself
Kenny Burns Kenny Burns ... Himself (as Kenneth Burns)
Martin O'Neill ... Himself - Right Midfield 1971-1981
Ian Bowyer Ian Bowyer ... Himself - Midfield 1973-1981 (as Ian 'Bomber' Bowyer)


The story of the history-making Nottingham Forest team that won back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980, led by the mercurial Brian Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor.

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The remarkable story of Brian Clough and his European Cup-winning team.


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Release Date:

13 October 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Milagre do Notthingham Forest See more »

Filming Locations:

Nottingham, England, UK


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£500,000 (estimated)
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This the second film about iconic football manager, Brian Clough, following 2009's "The Dammed United", which portrayed his disastrous 44 day tenure at the helm of Leeds United. "I Believe in Miracles" begins with the famous 1974 "Calendar" interview with Clough in the immediate aftermath of his sacking. See more »


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Brian Clough - O.B.E. - Old Big Ed - Legend.
8 January 2016 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

To football fans in the United Kingdom, the name Brian Clough needs no introduction or building up. Thanks to the release of The Damned United in 2009 his name got noticed outside of Britain, I Believe in Miracles is the perfect follow up to that movie, a sort of explanation as to why there has been a film and documentary about the man and his charges.

Director Jonny Owen assembles members of the great Nottingham Forest (always Notingham, never Notts) side of the late 1970s, interviews the key players and gets brilliant anecdotes out of them. Concurrently he offers up archive footage and a bitch funky period musical score. Clough is the leader, whose mantra is not one of assembling super stars, but of actually putting a team of men together and asking them to work hard, believe in themselves and be all that they can be. This is not Hollywood, every inch of this doc is true, no artistic licence here.

The team is a mixture of smokers and jokers, drinkers and jinkers, cloggers and sloggers all responding to Clough's (and his equally important side-kick Peter Taylor) less than normal football training and management methods. Everything here goes against the grain of today's football managers, I mean what manager today would run his men through nettles and then go for a pint with them afterwards?! Players smoking at half time, surely not? Wonderful. This is a true underdog story, a film for footie fans to rejoice in - regardless of who any of us in our tribal leanings support in British football. 9/10

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